Governor Proclaims September Preparedness Month
For Immediate Release
Contact: Buddy Rogers, KYEM Tel. 502-607-1611
Michael Embry, KOHS Tel. 502-564-2081
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sept. 3, 2014 – In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky.
Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security and Kentucky Emergency Management urge Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN.”
“Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property year-round thanks to tornadoes, flooding, winter storms and even man-made hazards,” Gov. Beshear said. “Just since I took office, Kentuckians have endured 11 federally-declared disasters. Every household should be prepared with food, shelter and emergency plans for every member of the family.”
A disaster can occur anytime, anywhere in Kentucky. In fact, cleanup and damage assessments continue in Floyd and Johnson counties from recent thunderstorms. Heavy rain there forced evacuations and damaged dozens of homes. Fortunately no one was hurt.
“We urge Kentuckians to be prepared for any emergency or disaster,” said Gene Kiser, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. “Supplies such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights and batteries, radios and first aid kits are easy to store, and can be lifesavers when a crisis hits. A communication plan with family, friends and neighbors is also important. Emergency situations can happen any time, any place, so it is smart to be prepared.”
Although state and local governments are ready to assist the public during emergencies and disasters, preparedness starts at home, said Michael E. Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management.
“In the event of large-scale disasters, it may take time for local and state resources to respond to each community,” Dossett said. “Disasters such as the massive statewide ice storm in 2009, flooding in 2011 and tornadoes in spring 2012 taught us the value of individual and family preparedness.”
Dossett said educating and preparing citizens is important, which is why Gov. Beshear, Kentucky Homeland Security and Kentucky Emergency Management are joining together to offer preparedness tips.
PLANNING FOR DISASTER:
Be Aware: • Stay informed about risks in your communities and monitor weather forecasts.
• Own and monitor a battery backed-up NOAA Weather Alert Radio. During threatening weather, stay tuned to your local broadcast stations.
• Discuss conditions with family members, and know their locations during dangerous weather.
Be Prepared: • Discuss known risks with family members and neighbors.
• Develop and review your emergency plan periodically for necessary updates.
• Refresh your emergency kit(s) periodically. A kit should have enough food, water and medications for five days.
• Drill: practice your plan with household members.
Have a plan: • Utilities - Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)
• Shelter - Identify safe locations within your residence.
• Contacts - Written contact information for relatives, neighbors, utility companies,
employers/employees and local emergency contact telephone numbers.
• Evacuate - Predetermine evacuation routes. Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places, such as a friend or relative's home in another town, a motel or shelter.
• Children - Make backup plans for children in case you (or they) can’t get home in an emergency
• Vehicles - Keep jumper cables in vehicle at all times.
Maintain at least a half tank of fuel in vehicles.
Move vehicles away from under trees during possible wind events.
Keep an emergency kit in all vehicles.
During winter months, keep a blanket and bag of kitty litter in the trunk.
• Medications - prepare a list of all prescription drugs.
• Share your plan with others, including friends or relatives in another region or even another state.
Make a kit: • First aid kit and essential medications (to include prescription medicines).
• Canned food and can opener
• At least three gallons of water per person .
• Protective clothing, rainwear and bedding or sleeping bags
• Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries
• Waterproof matches and candles
• Local phone book
• Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
• Extra set of car keys
For additional preparedness information, visit www.ready.gov and Kentucky Emergency Management at www.kyem.ky.gov. Follow @KYEMPIO on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and sign up for text alerts.
See Governor’s proclamation at http://kyem.ky.gov/preparedness/Pages/default.aspx
NOTICE: The Bowling Green/Warren County 800 Agency has applied for a New 800
Radio Antenna registration located at 12695 Morgantown Rd, Bowling
Green, Ky. Questions or comments can be forwarded to the Owner
File Number: A0897667 Registration Number:
Date Received: 04/09/2014
Purpose: Application for the registration of a new antenna structure
National Notice Date: 04/23/2014
WARREN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Attn: Bowling Green/Warren Co. 800 Radio Agency
429 1/2 East 10th Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: (270) 781-8776
Fax: (270) 843-5300
Latitude: 37° 03' 54.5" N
Longitude: 086° 36' 57.3" W
Structure Location: 12695 Morgantown Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Overall AGL Height: 91.4 m
FAA Study Number: 2014-ASO-1766-OE
Date Issued: 03/17/2014 Tornado Safety Tips